Of all my blogs about the sessions I conduct and the outfits I wear, this one is a little different! In fact, if you do not believe in miracles or in the extraordinary potential each of us have to attain the highest potential as humans, in enlightenment and in the power of now, you may as well skip this post. I am not usually someone who opens up about my deepest inner feelings as I feel they are very exclusive special experiences which cannot be described as beautifully. But if this one post of mine can change the life of even one soul for the better, I am ready to take the plunge.
So here goes, I was a usual kid , born in a middle class family, at the age of three I had realized that everybody around had someone they called dad and I didn’t. So I went and asked my mother, and she told me he had passed away. Too young and innocent to really understand the value and the difference it would bring in my life in comparison to the usual kids, I moved on. I played, I studied, had strange, super strange, weird and wonderful experiences as I grew up. But I always felt there is something that is missing, I was not very satisfied, a little stressed and lost. Being an achiever in almost everything that came my way, I hit rock bottom when at the age of 16 every aspect of my outer life was in a mess and it certainly affected my inner world too. That feeling of incompleteness and stress just grew exponentially and I just knew I had to keep all of this aside and focus on rebuilding my inner self. Being an introvert, I did not know who to talk to and had a feeling that only I can cure myself. I was always interested in reading self help books, when little girls read Nancy Drew, I was reading how to win friends and influence people. As the urge to calm the mind grew, I started creating my own meditation, was listening to the power of now audio book.
I had attended an introductory session of the ART OF LIVING yes program happening for kids, I wanted to attend it to learn meditation and calm my mind, but I did not know how to tell my mom I needed it. So I just let it be. But then, my mom’s best friend, who coincidentally was also the one who came for the intro talk in school, introduced art of living to my mother. She insisted my mom to take the course. At this point I remembered that I have always known and wanted to be a part of this organization. When I was in second grade,while playing I had seen a picture of this graceful man, wearing a garland of lotuses in my friend’s house, with that contagious smile on his face. Usually not a person to ask so much,I asked her “Who is he?” , she and her father smiled and answered : “He is our Master, our guru“. Wasn’t sure if I understood what it meant, I just said alright and continued. After that, I had seen this same man in the news a few times, he looked authentic. When my mom was joining another organization, I actually wanted her to join the art of living as I felt their leader is someone genuine. But I did not say anything because I had no idea of how you could join one. But then after my 12th standard, I insisted on doing the Youth Empowerment Session course, and was desperate enough to do it with my scholarship money. The best decision of my life so far!!! The peace I experienced after the very first session of Sudarshan Kriya is always going to be inexplicable. It has hundreds of benefits that are listed on google and yet everyone has their own story with it.I am not really going into the technical details of it as all that can be found on google, all I would say is it is a very important part of my daily chores and everyone should experience it one in their lives.
But I was too young to really accept someone as a GURU in my life. I was very self reliant and only accepted him as someone who could guide me and give me good experiences and energy to move forward (which is what he essentially does). I had read that being in the presence of an enlightened person would uplift my energy and I wanted to experience it. Then came this news that Sri Sri Ravishankar was coming to Pune. People were eager to meet him and were all arriving at the airport. Even I was called so I went too. My only aim was to feel his presence and know what it feels like. So I just stood there in the corner while everyone else was creating a mess in excitement. And suddenly in a few minutes, I felt like someone has arrived, I just told myself to feel his presence, in no time, I was lost in deep meditation, I don’t know what happened after that , until he just came and stood next to me. I looked at him, he looked at me and automatically in a few seconds, I touched his feet and stated walking behind him. I saw people laughing, crying , screaming “I Love You Guruji”,the most popular sound when he is around, and I said to my amused self, that ya this happens when you see someone you adore, be it your family, your favorite superstar or anyone.And when he was gone far far away, I was still looking, and suddenly, the bouquet of blood red roses he had in his hand directly fell into my arms. I remembered how my ex boyfriend had recently told me to buy a red rose for myself for being so sweet, well someone was willing to offer the whole bouquet.
I just went home, and told everyone that I met a celebrity and put up a facebook status :D. But slowly and gradually, as I moved forward in life, I realized he was more than a celebrity for me. I saw unlimited grace, I experienced the divine blessings showering on me every moment.The moments around him are the ones I have truly lived and cherish. The usual problem with good people is they feel weak and are considered weak. When you know you have a support system that will never let you down, you walk with the strength of the truth. And trust me if your intention is pure and your will is strong, no power in this world can stop you from achieving what you deserve.
At least each one of us should visit the art of living International centre in Bangalore once, It would surely be a different kind of trip, an inner journey while you witness one of the mega kitchens and other magical happenings.
Don’t disregard before you try, the beauty out there will surely out of joy make you cry!!